Department News

Ralph Green, M.D., Ph.D.

A study published in BMJ Open by Distinguished Professor Ralph Green with collaborators in the United Kingdom demonstrated that high levels of folate is associated with an increased risk of COVID-19 infection and death.

Brittany N. Dugger, Ph.D.

Brittany Dugger is the UC Davis pathology leader on a multi-campus award from the UC Partnerships in Computational Transformation with UC Irvine and UCSF for the project “Data-and Label-Efficient Hybrid Deep-Learning Frameworks for Neuropathology and Neuroradiology Image Analysis.” This partnership will build the deep learning framework that will benefit digital pathology analysis at multiple campuses.

Imran H. Khan, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Imran Khan has published a novel “Gambit on the Devil’s Chessboard”, a geopolitical thriller which was inspired by his research on tuberculosis in third world countries and the growing threat of poverty to world security. The trailer is available online and the book can be found on Amazon.

Anupam Mitra, M.B.B.S., M.D. Jiejun (Jeff) Wu, M.D., Ph.D.

Residents Anupam Mitra and Jeff Wu presented posters at the ASCP’s annual meeting in Chicago, September 7-10, 2022, celebrating the organization’s 100th anniversary. Karen Matsukuma and Kurt Schaberg were faculty mentors for these poster presentations.

Karen Matsukuma, M.D., Ph.D.

Karen Matsukuma is the new Associate Residency Program Director for Research. She oversees the department’s mentored research grant program and supports and advises residents re: research opportunities.

Brittany N. Dugger, Ph.D.

The National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center has named Associate Professor Brittany Dugger, Ph.D. to a three-year term as a member of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers’ Neuropathology Core Steering Committee, effective at the conclusion of their annual meeting in October 2022.

Nam Tran, Ph.D., M.S., HCLD (ABB), CLS, MLS (ASCP)cm, FAACC

Professor and Senior Director of Clinical Pathology Nam Tran, Ph.D. has been invited to serve as a member of the new California Monkeypox Scientific Advisory Committee for the California Dept. of Public Health.

Lydia Pleotis Howell, M.D.

An editorial by Chair Lydia Howell in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology discusses actions to address the gender disparities recently identified among recipients of recognition awards in major pathology professional societies.

Alexander Borowsky, M.D.

Professor Alexander “Sandy” Borowsky has been elected to the Faculty Executive Committee.

The Pathology Biorepository Shared Resource (BRSR) was highly rated as Outstanding to Exceptional in the recent site visit by the Cancer Center's External Advisory Board.

Kristin Olson, M.D.

Associate Dean of Curriculum and Medical Student Education Kristin Olson is the new chair-elect of the Council of the Undergraduate Medical Educators Section of the Association of Pathology Chairs.

Lydia Pleotis Howell, M.D.

Chair Lydia Howell completed her two-year term as President of the Association of Pathology Chairs at the annual meeting in Chicago on July 19-22. She now serves as Past-President.

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